An officer from the Mission Police Department in South Texas, who was
assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration task force, was
arrested on federal charges that he stole more than five kilos of
cocaine from a home during a drug raid before staging a fake drug bust
to cover up his crime days later.
Hector “Jo Jo” Mendez, 45, a 17-year-veteran of the force, is accused
of stealing 15 bundles of cocaine from a home in Mission in July of
2012. A few days later, the officer reported that he found the bundles
in a car belonging to Salvador Gonzalez.
But by then, the cocaine was highly diluted, making it 18 percent
pure, “so that the bulk of the narcotic could be stolen and
re-distributed for a profit,” according to a criminal complaint unsealed
Following the seizure of the car, Gonzalez, the accused drug
trafficker, was arrested and charges relating to the cocaine were filed
against him. He then explained to officers that he had delivered the
cocaine to a home in Mission days prior in different packaging than what
Mendez claimed to find, but that it had already been seized by officers
who showed up at the home upon receiving a tip from an informant.
Gonzalez also reported that he had never driven the car that the bundles were allegedly found in.
Reynol Chapa-Garcia, 36, corroborated Gonzalez’ story when he
admitted to investigators to working with Mendez to stage the raid. He
explained that he had delivered the cocaine to the home and Mendez came
and staged the raid days later. Chapa-Garcia reported that they had
arranged to dilute the cocaine so that it could be “stolen” and
redistributed for profit, The Monitor reported.